Laconia, Belmont to seek state OK for special election to fill Fisher's House seatBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
May 23. 2017 11:39AM
LACONIA — In the wake of the resignation of state Rep. Robert Fisher, the City Council voted unanimously on Monday to request the governor and Executive Council approve a special election to fill his seat.
Fisher stepped down from his House seat that jointly represents Laconia and Belmont on May 17, shortly after his Republican colleagues recommended no action be taken against him as the founder of the online forum “Red Pill” for comments attributed to him on the forum considered mysogynistic.
According to a memo to the council from City Clerk Mary Reynolds, Belmont Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin was receptive to plans for a special election.
Following Monday’s vote, the council signed a letter Reynolds had drafted to the governor and Executive Council formally requesting a special election and asking to hold the primary and general election for the seat to coincide with the city’s general election cycle.
If the request is approved, the filing period for candidates for the District 9 seat would start on June 26 and remain open until June 30 at 5 p.m. A primary election would be held Sept. 12, but if there is only one candidate from each party, that would become the general election.
If more than one candidate from each party files, the general election would be held on Nov. 7.